Alaska Robotics

Emerald City 2010

Sunday, March 14th 2010 by Pat


Aaron and I are down at the Emerald City Comicon in Seattle this weekend with our short films, comics, shirts and prints.

Friday was a vacation day. We skipped the art museum and instead visited the museum of giant shoes with H.B. and Gage. I feel that we made the right decision. Lunch at Dick’s, dinner at Phuket. Best day ever.

Saturday zipped by and we had a solid first day at the convention. I met a ton of Alaskan ex-patriots who’ve moved south to pursue film, animation and illustration careers. It’s inspiring to see so many talented people with similar interests turn up from my home state but a little sad that they all had to escape to pursue their crafts.

I understand though, it’s been a difficult balance for me and I sometimes think I’ve made the wrong decision by staying. Alaska lacks any major creative industry so it’s hard to learn new skills but I like the roll-your-own economy and freedom to experiment. A little inspiration and work seem to go farther but it’s difficult to push yourself towards new heights without the benefit of peers on the same track.

It’s tough deciding what to do with a life. Go back to school? Move south? Get a job?

Luckily, I’m getting too old to do anything conventional anymore. It’s quite freeing.

6 Responses to “Emerald City 2010”

  1. Greg Chaney says:

    Hey Pat,
    I’m guessing that Seattle, like most good things is best in small doses. I wouldn’t be surprised if many of the Alaskans who have gone south to pursue their creative careers have ended up working as wage slaves so they can continue their creative endeavors in their off time. I think that Juneau is a good blend of small town and cosmopolitan influences. I think it works well as a launching pad for creativity if you can get out of town to some of these big conventions every few months for inspiration and to keep your creative batteries charged.
    My response to your rhetorical questions about what to do with a creative life is – do something big. From what I’ve seen, only feature films get respect at film festivals and authors who have written books get acknowledged far more frequently than other writers. Short films and short stories get a nodding response before the awards go on to the “real thing” (did you see how little of the Academy Awards ceremony was dedicated to short films?) You’ve proven over and over again that you have the talent, creativity, tenacity, courage and follow through to generate amazing products. Try to pick something big and make it happen. Then I’ll bet that the best parts of “down south” start inviting you to come to their inspiring events.

  2. Mike says:

    GO BIG

  3. Rivergirl says:

    Pat I tried stopping by to buy something but it seemed no one was around. I went to the post office but … I tell you about it when I stop by. I will call first next time and make sure you are around. Hope you had a good trip and that you are enjoying your book.

  4. Adrienne says:

    You’re also giving back to your community (with JUMP, etc.) which is always a good thing.

  5. Riley and Erica says:

    So I’m in Seattle, being unbelievably jealous that Erica went to comicon (although I got an awesome hat out of the deal so I can’t be in too upset) and I was just showing her your web comic when she whips out a print she bought from you! I would like to go into father detail but I’m not ready to nerd out like that on the internet yet.